Known as Hornchurch’s fastest teenager Bobby Thompson, continues to progress in the world of motorsport after signing with former British Touring Car outfit Team Hard. His skills behind the wheel has secured him a place in the team as part of their burgeoning Young Driver Programme in the Milltek Sport Volkswagen Racing Cup.
And the 18-year-old says he will promote Caudwell Children, who provide practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, when he lines up on the grid alongside upwards of 30 drivers, as part of the prestigious British GT support package.
This is no idle claim as Bobby will emblazon his helmet, overalls and car with the Caudwell Children brand.
The season, which runs from April to September, will see Bobby competing in seven meets around some of the most iconic circuits in Europe, including Silverstone, Spa (Belgium) and Brands Hatch.
Now in its 16th season the competition will see Bobby racing against some of the best young talent in motorsport. Whilst he’s determined to be one of the frontrunners in the championship he’s also acutely aware that any success that he has will raise awareness of Caudwell Children.
That alone is enough, he claims, to drive his ambition to succeed. He said:
“Caudwell Children is very close to my heart. Not only do they give practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, they also have a specific Enable Sports programme. This provides specialist sports equipment to enable disabled children to participate in competitive sport.
“This is a fantastic initiative that I wholeheartedly support. It’s vital that disabled children get the opportunity to participate in sport locally, regionally and nationally and I know that the programme has enabled athletes to perform at elite level in the Paralympics.
“I share the same love and enthusiasm for sport as those who have accessed the Enable Sports programme, so I’ll be doing my utmost to raise awareness of this fantastic charity.”
Given the level of interest in both the British GT and the Milltek Sport Volkswagen Racing Cup, Bobby’s success could see the Caudwell Children brand being beamed into the homes of millions of motorsports fans if he makes it onto the podium.
Trudi Beswick, Chief Executive of Caudwell Children, said: “We wish Bobby all the luck in the world for the forthcoming season, and we’ll have our collective fingers crossed that he makes it over the line, ahead of the pack, on as many occasions as possible.
“If his success raises the profile of the charity, and introduces us to motorsports fans across the country, we’ll be delighted.”